The Vail Police Department is taking part in the statewide Click It or Ticket Campaign. The enforcement period is from May 11 through May 31. In 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of people involved in fatal traffic accidents were not wearing seatbelts. A pre-survey was conducted in Vail on May 6 and found the rate of people wearing seatbelts was 93.8 percent. The state average is 82 percent.
The Vail Police Department has been awarded almost $7,500 in funding and will be devoting over 100 hours of patrol time to seat belt enforcement during this time period. Motorists are reminded that using your seat belt will significantly increase your chances of surviving a serious traffic crash.
The seat belt law for adults requires the driver and front seat passengers to buckle up. The law is a secondary offense, meaning a driver must be stopped for another offense before receiving a ticket for a seat belt violation. The minimum fine is $65.
The national Click It or Ticket mobilization is conducted by the Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign of the National Safety Council in conjunction with NHTSA, state highway safety offices, law enforcement agencies and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Contact: Officer Mike Bindle, 970-479-2200
Vail Police Department